PLN (Professional / Personal Learning Network) seems to be a big thing in the education community. I’ve responded to requests to answer what it is and why it is important, especially in the past few weeks. Usually, it’s over on Twitter with some special hashtag. Occasionally, it’s for blog posts (re: I <3 Twitter) or some web tool like linoit or Google docs.
The link goes to a blog post that outlines the request in more detail, including options for submissions; in true form, varied. I decided to make a video because:
- I’m on school holidays and have the time,
- I wanted to improve my iMovie skills,
- I’ve not responded via a video before,
- I like the idea of “social networks“, and
- so I can say I’ve made a video for both Alec and George (apropos: Playing in Public) – just realised both videos are for Keynotes! Ha!
I’ve decided that the term Social Network appeals to me more than PLN does (either in its Professional or Personal variant). It is more meaningful and relevant….to me, anyway. I could harp on about how my networks help me learn and grow but sometimes, it really is just for the sheer joy of “being with” – the social bit!
It’s a very short video (less than a minute) and tailored to meet Alec’s request but I think encapsulates much of what I want to say. Who knew I could be concise? I think I need to explore movies more as a form of self-expression! Granted, the movie would make more sense if you read the I <3 Twitter post. 😉
I’m very happy that the video somehow captures the many people in my various social networks (tip: play “I spy”).
Here it is:
A video created for Dr Alec Couros for his PLE keynote: http://educationaltechnology.ca/couros/2091
It attempts to answer the question: Why do social networks matter in teaching and learning?
This is my personal take on it, ie a personal response, one that applies to me specifically…and hopefully, it is universal.
All up, I met all the “goals” listed above such that, even if Alec doesn’t use it, I’m happy to have done this video!
P.s. If you’re reading this post, please be social and leave a comment! 🙂
(for those who may be curious):
The movie started off as an iMovie trailer – really nifty with a ready-made storyboard, title, effects and even soundtrack. Then it was converted into an iMovie project (File>Convert to Project) for more editing options including more varied media to include (iMovie trailers only allows video clips), i.e. photos, text, sounds.
For the screen grabs, I used QuickTime (File>New Screen Recording). Where I was too slow scrolling at the time of recording, I managed to fix via fast-forwarding the clip in iMovie.